Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between proofreading and editing?
Proofreading is usually the final step before publication, and involves correction of small details like missing commas or misspelled words. It is the final touch up on an otherwise finished transcript or document.
Editing includes correcting sentence structure and word choice, among other errors. A document in need of editing is not usually in its final draft yet.
How quickly can you proofread a court transcript?
A standard job of up to 250 pages can be completed within 72 hours (not including Sundays). This assumes that the transcript has been scoped and is as close to its final version as possible. An excess of errors makes it more likely that I will miss something.
What if my transcript is "messy" or highly technical?
I reserve the right to add a surcharge of $0.10/page for transcripts that have not been properly scoped. The same charge may apply for very dense, technical transcripts. I will contact you before adding on this charge.
Can you do rush transcripts?
A transcript can be completed within 48 hours (not including Sundays) for an additional fee. Please send the transcript in chunks if possible, so I can begin working on one section while you are finishing another.
What if I'm not happy with your work?
For first-time reporters, I will be happy to proofread up to 12 pages of a transcript for free, so you can decide if you want to use my services. If you notice errors that I have missed, please let me know and I will find a way to remedy the situation.
I do my best to take individual preferences into account, and will ask you to complete a preference sheet before I take on your first transcript. When in doubt, I will default to Morson's.
I need someone to help me with my academic assignment. Is that cheating?
As a former university instructor, I am well aware of the concepts of plagiarism and academic honesty. I pride myself on providing suggestions and guidance without crossing the line into rewriting your work. I am not an essay-writing service.